Recent Messages of Congratulation

Posted by Elaine Rivas, on March 8, 2012, 1:22 p.m.

Although long overdue, I congratulate you, Steve, on this incredible honor and your well deserved appointment as President of Willamette University. Our loss at Santa Cruz is definitely their gain! May the upcoming days, months and years in this role be marked with great success and enrichment for you professionally, and may your return home to Salem be filled with happiness for you and your family.

All the best,
Elaine Rivas

Posted by Linda Kawana, on February 11, 2012, 1:57 p.m.

Aloha and congratulations! I was happy to see you at the 2011 Commencement and look forward to meeting you at the 2012 Commencement. My daughter will be the fifth Kawana to graduate from Willamette University and we have another daughter who applied for WU Class of 2016. Go Bearcats!

Posted by Chuck and Sandy Pritchard JD'73 (Chuck), on February 11, 2012, 10:05 a.m.

We thoroughly enjoyed the inauguration yesterday! Your speech was fantastic and spoke to all. Again we thank you for the invitation to attend and we are so proud of you!! You will be an outstanding President of Willamette University.

Posted by Candace Bolen, on February 9, 2012, 10:43 a.m.

The Willamette University community is so pleased to have you as our President. I also welcome you back to Salem. Congratulations!

Posted by Lynne Stoops & Patrick O'Hara, UC Santa Barbara delegate, UCSC colleagu on February 8, 2012, 2:01 p.m.

Dear Steve,
We are so very proud of you and your accomplishments. Wishing you all the best in your Presidency.
Warm regards, 
Lynne & Patrick

Posted by Todd Jones CLA '86, Policy Advisor, Governor Kitzhaber on February 2, 2012, 11:16 p.m.

Congratulations, President Thorsett. Summer of 1984 I went on a six-week Hawaiian field studies with your dad and one of his sons. Was it you or your brother? todd

Posted by Justin Etzel 2013, Mr. on February 2, 2012, 6:34 p.m.

Dear Stevie,

I would like to heartily congratulate you on being named the president at Willamette University. I believe I can speak for all of us when I say that we with you the very best.

It is with deepest regret that I must inform you that I will be unable to be present at your inauguration, however my thoughts and prayers are with you on that momentous day. In my place will be associate Barry the squirrel who will be attending in my place. (If Barry tries to bury his acorns underneath the stage don't let him, he will 20 years old next August and he will forget where he left them) 

May Tengri bless you and may Tengri bless Willamette University.

You humble servant,
Justin Etzel

Posted by Steve Moore, Exec. Dir., Murdock Trust on February 1, 2012, 3:53 p.m.

Dear Steve -- Sorry I can't be there for your inauguration, but wish you the best for a great day of celebration. I look forward to working with you in the future. 
With warm regards, Steve Moore

Posted by Jason Rodriquez, Linfield College, Dir. Multicultrual Pr. on January 19, 2012, 11:38 p.m.

It is so wonderful you are returning to Oregon! It is an amazing thing to see someone give back to the very community he is from. Willamette is fortunate to have you! You are an inspiration and are going to be so wonderful for not only the Willamette community, but the Oregon community. I hope we can meet some time!

Posted by Greg Jones '02, Leeds School of Business, CU Boulder on January 19, 2012, 11:37 a.m.

Many congratulations on this important and significant occasion. You will have our support as you lead our Alma Mater.

Posted by Robert Jones Watson 1957, Retired Director of Corrections on January 19, 2012, 6:28 a.m.

Willamette University taught me how to live and for an orphan Native American WU was a breakthrough experience for career success. Best wishes.

Posted by Leanne M. Chrisman-Khawam, MD, MEd 1989, Residency Director/Asst Prof CWRU on January 18, 2012, 7:21 p.m.

I was a student of your father’s and remember him speaking fondly of you. I am now at the stage in my career that he was then. And I have a son who is headed off to college. I hope he makes me as proud as I am certain your father is of you. My Best to You! Continue to make Willamette the gem of the Western States!

Posted by Douglas Blatchford '64, MD on January 18, 2012, 4:28 p.m.

Welcome and congratulations in leading the Blatchford family's most dear and trusted higher education institution. Willamette has served Roderick and Mildred Blatchford, Ruskin and Evangiline Blatchford, Ann Blatchford, Douglas Blatchford, Robyn Blatchford and hopefully Tallah Blatchford in 2017. We hold this university in highest esteem and wear Willamette's colors proudly. Lead us forward and best of life to you. Be well, Doug Blatchford.

Posted by Matt Nelson 1989, on January 18, 2012, 8:37 a.m.

Congratulations Steve. Your father was an advisor of mine and I spent a summer working with your brother Jeff in southern Oregon. Good memories of the Thorsett's I had the chance to know. Good luck to you at Willamette and all the best. 

Matt Nelson '89

Posted by Katherine Cogswell 1959, on January 17, 2012, 3:07 p.m.

I used to cheer for you when you and your brother ran for the South Salem cross-country team. My name was Hutchison then and my son Jim was a team mate. He is now a chemistry research prof at the UofO We are in AZ and can't attend your inauguration. We hope it is a joyous day and with many more to come. K

Posted by Joel Weisberg, Stark Prof Phys/Astro/Nat Sci, Carleton on January 17, 2012, 10:46 a.m.

Our very best wishes to you on this great honor.